The NULL Solution = Episode 112
…Celeste is convinced that her husband is not the master of malapropisms; he just doesn’t give a hoot…
After an adjustment period, Cerella readapts to and her son is introduced to a world without livestock, barbeques and droughts.
In the short time it takes to make a TSF roundtrip, Eridanus’ security status has changed. The bigger news arrives from the Triangulum Galaxy via Chasonn; Collapsar Axis has passed by and it is headed to Epsilon Eridani’s system, in the middle of Orion’s Belt.
Letter writer to the Earthlings, Celeste McKinney and former Null, Skaldic have been holding down the fort, the latter becoming fixated not by his Giftedness or the looming gargantuan, but rather the riddle that continues to stump everyone and everything.
“Chasonn seems to think we are in danger, Sam. Take a look at the images of that Ÿ€Ð dreadnought…, inside and out it looks like trouble.”
“It’s also moving like a slug, Cel, for crying out loud! Don’t we have our hands full with little Joyner or even O?”
“I believe I am close to solving the riddle,” Skaldic interjects.
“See? Even Skaldy isn’t concerned about that planet on wheels.”
“What is it about the unattainable that is so attractive to you men?”
“Cerella has told Deke that NASA has given O a name – Lorgan – is what they call it. That means they know it may be connected to that riddle. Don’t you think Gussy and Roy are hard at work on solving it? Maybe it’s not the Selljunk’s business. ”
“I give up.” He cannot keep alien names straight.
“Don’t worry, we’ll keep an eye out for that Collapsed Axle.”
“He’s okay… a little jumpy, but okay.” Sam yields.
“Then you better respect his judgement. When he says jump, you better.” Celeste is solemn in projecting her resolve. “And you will leave Deke alone for a cycle? He needs time with his family.”
“I hear you Cel. I’ll keep an eye on that intrusive slug and Skaldy will work on the “Harmonica Query”. Harmonica-Harmonia, what’s the big diff? “And yes, if you can keep him tethered in Cerella’s tower, Deker can get to know that little firecracker of his… Joyner sure seems to have the McKinney smarts.”